Har Ki Dun Trek - Trekking
Har-ki-Dun, situated at an elevation of 3566 meters is surrounded by
glittering peaks and dense forests. The forests are rich in wild life and are a
veritable paradise for bird-watchers and nature lovers. This is good trek for
all age groups and the valley is full of flora and fauna. One can spend time
with herbs & shrubs for medicinal purpose.Also photography too has great area to
snaps for variety of birds & nature.This is a holly place. Also it is a base of
Swargarohini ht. 21000 ft. In our old granth (books) it is mentioned that Pandav
went to Swarga (Heaven) through this mountain.
This is a place where you can find Trees of Bhojpatra flower Bramhakamal.
Swargarohini and Jaundar Glacier is at south-east of Har-ki-dun. Towards west
you can see Bandar PunchDuryodhan is a God of few community here, you can find
temple of Duryodhan. People survive on farming Rice, Rajma, and Charas. They use
wood of Deodar tree for their house. You can find many people using Hukka for
smoking. One can smell of pine while having Hukka. Also because of popularity of
this area for trekking Portrays is another way to earn for locals here. They
generally work under the Kedar.
Day 01: Rishikesh-Dehradun - Mussoorie
Drive to Dehradun/ Mussoorie. Mussoorie is Shiwalik ranges in the Himalayan
foothills. Which presents a spectacular and snow-clad peaks of Western- Garhwal
Himalaya. Local Sight Seeing Dehradun/ Mussoorie.transfer to the hotel/camp.
Evening free to explore the area. Dinner & overnight stay in hotel/camp.
Mussoorie - Sankari - Taluka ( Trek 9 kms 4 hrs)
After early breakfast today we drive from Mussoorie to Sankari, which is our
starting point of trek. The route from Mussoorie goes down to bank of Yamuna
River and further to Natwar at Tons valley. Natwar which is an entrance of The
Govind Wildlife Sanctuary. It is located in Purola tehsil of Uttarakashi
district of Garhwal. Natwar, the entrance and starting point of the sanctuary,
at a distance of 200 km from Dehradun. This wildlife sanctuary has a large
number of mammal species: Snow leopard, Black bear, Brown bear, Musk deer,
Bharal, Himalayan Thar. The endangered birds are Monal pheasant, Koklas
pheasant, Western Tragopan, Himalayan Snow cock, Golden eagle, Bearded vulture,
cuckoos Owls, bulbuls etc. Although there is a jeep road completed to the
village of Taluka (elevation 1900 m.) we drive to a point just past Sankri lunch
at Sankri and spend the late afternoon walking the last 9 km. to stretch our
legs after the drive and to break in our hiking boots! We camp near Taluka amid
the wild roses and the deodar trees. Overnight: Tent.
Taluka - Osla (2559 mtrs.) Trek 13 km
Today we cross the Siyan Gad by bridge, further trail climbs to Dhatmir village.
Later we cross the river towards right side of Ton river. The route is dotted
with tea shops and local Dhabas. Osla has very dense forests of Walnut,
Chestnut, Willows and Chinars. Enroute visit the Ghangore Village & local
temple. There are fairly 42 well populated village in the area of sanctuary,
some are at height of 2900 mtrs. The people are living a primitive life and
still in many ways depend of forest for many of their basic needs. The villagers
worship the Kauravas and Duryodhana of Mahabharata is the main deity. The
temples have beautiful wood carvings.
Osla - Har Ki dun (3506mtrs) trek 14 km
The trail and surroundings is extremely picturesque. Which is 5/6 hrs walk.
Little steams crosses our path. As the trail climbs gradually through lush green
terraced mountain fields and spotted with varied wild flowers. Har Ki dun has a
back drop of snowy mountain peaks. Enroute we will have a wonderful view towards
East of Ruinsara Gad: Kalanag peak (6387 mtrs), (Bandar punch 6316 mtrs),
Swargarohini (6252 mtrs), Juandar glacier towards North and dense forests. It is
one of the most picturesque spot in the Garhwal Hills. That's why it's called
DEV BHOOMI (valley of Gods). Overnight: Tent
The day is for rest/ acclimatization /exploration. On this day everyone does his
own thing. One can go on an exploratory trek in the valley, capture some
magnificent views on the camera, or just chill at the campsite. Overnight in
Har Ki Dun - Osla
Morning after breakfast trek back to Osla with pack lunch. Dinner and overnight
stay in tents.
Osla - Sankari - Rishikesh
After early breakfast trek for about 6-7 hours to reach Sankari and from here
drive back to Rishikesh. On arrive to rishikesh tour end.